Friday, September 12, 2008

A boost for Batu Berendam airport

I am happy. I think the people of Melaka are happy, too with the announcement that the Batu Berendam airport will be upgraded… finally. The last time such an announcement came was in late 90s but due to the economic downturn, it was shelved.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has agreed in principle to the Melaka government's request to lengthen the airport runway by 400 metres to 2,200 metres at a cost of RM40 million.

Chief Minister Ali Rustam said Thursday he had appealed to Pak Lah on the matter when the prime minister attended a breaking of the fast yesterday with Melaka Umno leaders.

The airport is undergoing an expansion. The upgrading began on April 23 last year and is scheduled to be completed on April 22 next year, with the primary objective of facilitating medical tourism.

However, the runway has to be lengthened to 2,200 metres to enable aircraft such as the Airbus and Boeing 737 to use the airport.

For such a historical state, Melaka needs just that. During my student days at Sekolah Menengah Munshi Abdullah in Batu Berendam, the airport was a popular place among students on every weekend. The first ‘big’ airplane we got to know then was the Fokker F28.

9 comments:

sudin, merlimau said...

wwaaaa bang bujai. dulu sekolah mushi ko? tahun begapo tu?

eseh spm tahun 1981.

maso tu pun, kami selalu ke airport, makan rojak...

JACK PILLAY, bemban said...

THE AIRPORT SHOULD HAVE BEEN UPGRADED LONG AGO. IN FACT THERE WAS A PLAN IN THE LATE 80S.

HOWEVER, BETTER LATE THAN NEVER. TOURISM IN MELAKA IS BOOMING. THAT IS WHY PAKLAH ANNOUNCEMENT ON THE PROJECT CAME TIMELY WITH STATE GOVT EFFORT TO LURE MORE VISITORS TO THIS STATE

hashim harris said...

Jai,

Yes,nostalgic, Batu Berendam airport and Munshi Abdullah secondary school. (Sekolah Menengah Sains Melaka menumpang aje)

I think, its good that, the Airport will be upgraded to accommodate 737 and airbus, perhaps Datuk Ali also should lobby that the airport to be upgraded as International airport, at least allowing direct flights from and to Singapore and should be granted in order to promote tourism especially medical tourism.

bujai said...

sdr hashim harris,

i believe you are from melaka, too. otherwise, you wouldnt know munshi abdullah and SMS 'menumpang'.

tak baik tau... istilah 'menumpang' ni dah jadi sensitif dah...hehe

thanks bro

ShokorBotak said...

Bro,
Dari pandangan aku, membina atau upgread Batu Beremdam Airport tu satu pembaziran. RM40 juta +++ banyak tu Bro. Tak perlu. Kan kita sudah ada KLIA di sebelah selatannya kita ada Senai Airport. Airport yg ada sekrg gunakan sebagai pusat latihan terbang antara bangsa.
Kalau RM40 juta +++ tu digunakan utk perkara2 lain seperti:
1. dinaik taraf kawalan keselamatan di bandar Melaka dan sewaktu dgn nya. Sebab Melaka niekan pusat pelancungan
2. atau, membantu rakyat / penduduk Melaka dlm pertanian dan perternakkan [banyak tanah pertanian terbiar]
3. atau,kembalikkan zaman kegemilang Melaka sebagai pusat perdagagan antara bangsa
4. atau, pulihkan balik pelabuhan kalau ada di Melaka tu.
5. atau, bangunkan Melaka sebagai pusat perubatan antarabangsa
6. atau, banguankan Melaka sebagai pusat pendidikan antarabangsa, dikumpulkan kesemua pusat pengajian tinggi di M'sia spt; UiTM, UM dll, disatukan pusatnya di Melaka
Nie baru betul Bro. Banyak lagi bro..bukan nya aku nie menentang arus kemajuan..tapi biarlah berpatutan dan masuk akal.
Elakkan pembaziran..gunakan utk yg perlu..
Raya Balik Kampong...

hashim harris said...

Hi Jai,


I am your classmate-SMSM-SMSJ.-(Hockey goalkeeper) I have been following your blog and find it to be the best among bloggers- witty, straight to the point, no apple polishing.

But sad, this virtue does not let you stay put in NST.


Selamat berpuasa.

bujai said...

sdr hashim,

YES.... i remember you well enough! a good team with hashim chonel, zainal lanun, etc.

u better call me at 013-2777266

bujai said...

shokorbotak,
kadang2 sesuatu pembangunan itu bukan untuk zaman sekarang tetapi untuk keperluan 10 atau 20 tahun akan datang. ingat bagaimana dr mahathir kena hentam kerana projek KLIA, lrt, twin towers dan sebagainya? 15-20 tahun kemudian, ramai mendapat nikmatnya, termasuk shokor

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